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Health Blogger Under Fire: Defend Freedom of Health Information & Choices!


Today I’m expressing my opposition to what’s going on in the State of North Carolina. A blogger named Steve Cooksey of Diabetes Warrior maintains a chronicle of his health journey, detailing how how he’s managed his disease.

The North Carolina State Board of Dietetics (members of the American Dietetics Association) has formally objected to his blogging activities, and he is now facing 120 days jail time. For what, you may ask. Writing about how he is healing himself without drugs and conventional approaches to his diagnosis of Diabetes.

When he was originally diagnosed, he was recommended to take insulin and consume the Standard American Diet of government recommendations, including My Plate (formerly the Food Pyramid) and a regimen of pharmaceutical drugs. Since then, he has been in the process of reversing his condition by not taking conventional advice.

If you read his blog and you don’t agree with his recommendations, then you certainly don’t have to take them. He’s not a doctor, nor does he claim to be. Steve is merely sharing his experience in the hopes that it may benefit others.

That should be just fine, right? Not really.

What’s wrong with this picture?

Here’s the biggest problem with the ADA or any other large entity giving out health recommendations. Their information is based on corporate sponsorship, which everyone should boycott and disapprove. We are supposed to get sound, unbiased health advice from doctors. But we all know doctors receive kickbacks from pharmaceutical companies, and incentives to push one drug over another (name brands over generics).

The ADA is no different. If you look at their sponsor list, it’s full of companies selling toxic, harmful products. If you have ever attended any of their conventions, you’ll know that the booths and sessions there represent corporations like Nestle, Coca-Cola, foods with chemicals, pesticides, hormones, and everything else. Basically, junk food aplenty and then some. If state Dietetic Boards are objecting to this, you had better believe it’s only a matter of time before other states follow suit.

Two years ago, I wrote a post about how the ADA wouldn’t admit that organic foods are more nutritious than conventional. This post has a link to the ADA site with specific information about annual amounts donated by sponsors. The only information now available is on this link showing annual report information, but with no specific annual amounts from each sponsor listed. I contacted the ADA today with a phone call to obtain that information, and I was told that I could send an e-mail and request it. We’ll see what happens.

In a nation with an increasing population of overweight, heart-disease ridden, cancer developing individuals, we don’t need to be told to eat more chemicals, artificial foods, and toxins.  For many years, the standard advice has been to maintain a low-fat diet which encourages the heavy consumption of plants and grains, but cautions against consumption of fats and animal products.

These companies, who sell many of these products being recommended by health authorities to the general population to “manage” disease, have absolutely no business sponsoring any activity or information where health advice is being delved out. EXCEPT that this type of activity IS big business to them.

How else do you think these companies are controlling most the food in this country? Don’t believe me? Take a look at this diagram:
At least 5 of the companies in this diagram are major ADA sponsors: Coca Cola, Pepsi Co, Unilever, Kellogg’s, and General Mills.

So why should the ADA or any other entity care that Steve Cooksey is blogging about how he healed himself with natural means?  Because ultimately, Steve didn’t follow their dietary and medical advice. Instead, he did his own research and learned ways to heal himself.

He chose to follow a diet that is low-carb and high in protein and fat. Steve eliminated the use of all medications – insulin, cholesterol, and blood pressure in one month. This is a direct threat to the information the ADA or any other large, powerful entity gives out about health and nutrition. 

This is a violation of Freedom of Speech. We have the right to “furnish nutrition information on food, food materials, or dietary supplements” (section 9) and to “furnish nonfraudulent specific nutritional information and counseling about the reported or historical use of herbs, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, carbohydrates, sugars, enzymes, food concentrates, or other foods” (section 10).

How can you make your voice heard about this?

Sign the Petition. All petitions need 10,000 signatures before they will be looked at by anyone in Washington, so PLEASE. Take a moment and sign this petition to protect our health freedoms and rights –  to make sure that in the future, you and anyone else can buy a book that doesn’t tow the party line on conventional health, to be able to write or blog about your own health experiences for others to read, to be able to look up information online which can someone the answers they so desperately need, or to allow yourself or anyone else to be able to receive counsel from someone who is not a doctor or RD/LD (Registered Dietitian or Licensed Dietitian).

Or, send an e-mail to:



In your message, make a respectful request to review the limits and boundaries of the law and the § 90-368: Persons and practices not affected, regarding sharing nutritional information with the public. The N.C. Board of Dietetics “Guidelines” and “interpretations”, and that this movement oversteps the limits of the law. Here’s a good template letter on the Heal Thyself web site.

Or, call Toll Free: (800) 849-2936.

By making contact with one of these entities, you are helping to ensure a future where we have choice and freedom to obtain health information or share information with others. Don’t allow our basic freedom to be able to have these choices to be placed in jeopardy. Blog about it, post on social media networks, and make your voice heard!

Want to learn about an exciting series coming to Public Television which provides great information about health and nutrition awareness, from experts in the field? Visit the Health Quest web site for more details.

Read this interesting post from Grist about how consumers are losing their faith in big food

Dr. Russell Blaylock, M.D. speaks about how nutritional support can eliminate disease in the body

Further reading about why we can’t trust big food corporations and the entities like the ADA which recommend we eat their products:

Reading labels in the store – don’t be fooled by marketing lingo - reading labels is important, but understanding that these foods are largely empty of nutrition and contain toxins that are harmful to our health is the other side of the equation
Fortified and processed foods – are label claims about nutrition true? - many foods recommended by entities like the ADA, mainstream medical professionals, and the government are highly processed and chemical-laden foods which don’t make us healthier
4 ways to avoid GMOs in the foods you buy – many of the foods recommended for us to consume by conventional health contain genetically-modified ingredients which are harmful to our health

Is cheap food really cheap? The hidden cost of industrial food - the money you spend on the food you eat really is directly correlated with how healthy you are






American Academy Of Family Physicians Strikes An Agreement With Coca Cola to "Educate" Consumers

The image to the left and others like it have over the last century and more become synonymous with American values. It is an icon that has become associated with having fun, being glamorous, and cool. But is it really cool to foist your poisonous product upon an organization that is supposed to be responsible for helping to influence the betterment of health of the overall populace? You decide.

The American Academy of Family Physicians has made a partnership with Coca-Cola to promote an “educational movement” to consumers about the use of various products in moderation for good health. The campaign will focus on teaching people about different sweeteners and their continued use “in moderation” as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Smells like money to me.

Is it really any different than what Philip Morris did back in the 80′s where they emphatically stated that no one could sue them for heart disease or lung cancer since they had health warnings on their products?

Well – there are actually two major differences. Coca Cola won’t actually come out and say that their products harm people – and, Philip Morris lacked the blessing of the AAFP.

This development should come as no surprise to those of us who are food activists and in the traditional food camps. But it’s no less maddening that a health organization which has influence over so many people is being allowed to provide consumers with false information about a toxic, unhealthy product.

It’s clear that companies will stop at nothing, even the ruination of the health of billions of people, to whore themselves out like prostitutes just to keep their stocks up.

Here is the message written by Dr. William Campbell Douglas to consumers, alerting them to yet one more stick in the fire for big corporations and Agribusiness:

Do you want the Coca-Cola Company getting into bed with your family doctor?

Too late.

In the ultimate betrayal of family medicine, the American Academy of Family Physicians has accepted a six-figure payment from Coca-Cola. In return, the soda pusher gets to help “educate” people about sweeteners.

This is like Dracula buying his way into the blood bank.

At least 20 doctors have resigned from the organization in protest, with hopefully many more still turning in their cancellation notices.

Already, the spin is in full swing.

Dr. Douglas Henley, executive vice president of whatever remains of AAFP, said, “We will move forward with this commitment together by providing educational materials on sweeteners and how to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle while still enjoying many of the foods and beverages consumers love.”

Sorry, doc – but you should take your degree, stick it in an envelope and send it back to your medical school. Consumers may love sodas and diet sodas – but these drinks are in no way part of a “healthy, active lifestyle.”

Remember, Coke’s idea of health food is adding small amounts of vitamins to its concoctions and giving them new names, like “Diet Coke Plus.”

We haven’t seen the results of their joint propaganda effort yet, but the ingredients in Coke’s sugar-free products speak volumes.

Aspartame is one of the worst substances ever put into our food with Uncle Sam’s blessing. This artificial sweetener has been linked over the years to everything from migraine headaches and memory loss to seizures and even cancer.

One new study even finds that artificially sweetened sodas can cause kidney damage. Just two drinks a day can impair the kidneys’ ability to filter blood, according to a study presented at the American Society of Nephrology’s annual conference.
And we’re going to let the people who sell this stuff educate us about it? It doesn’t take much to see this plan was flat the moment they opened the bottle.

Proving again that Coke ISN’T the real thing,

William Campbell Douglass, M.D.

PS: Another win for common sense! The “Smart Choices” program is being flushed down the toilet of history. I told you about this scandalous food-labeling scheme just a few weeks ago. The food industry created a fancy new logo to make some products look like health food – when, in fact, they were nothing but junk. You didn’t fall for it – and now, the program is being cancelled.

Read an account of one family physician who believes this move is a-okay, and that responsible consumer education is the word of the day. Having worked with Coke and other companies on other “educational endeavors,” she says, “we [the AAFP] know that we share common goals.” In this particular case, she notes, the goal is “to talk about sweetened and unsweetened beverages, and how you integrate that into a healthy, active lifestyle.” Don’t you just want to shake her?

Some physicians have actually been reported to have left the AAFP over this occurrence.

“I resigned in protest of (AAFP’s) judgment this time of epidemic obesity,” Dr. William Walker, director of Contra Costa Health Services said, “Our public health department has been waging a battle against pediatric obesity.”

Wow, that says something. I guess even this is too much for some conventional doctors.  I hope this sends the right message to the world about this debacle. Are they finally coming to their senses? Probably not.

Here is the press release from the AAFP.

This article is part of Cheeeseslave’s Real Food Wednesdays Carnival. Please visit her site and read the other real food posts linked there.

This article is also part of Food Renegade’s Fight Back Fridays Carnival.